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GLORY
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Men are guided less by conscience than by glory; and yet the shortest way to glory is to be guided by conscience.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

The first in glory, as the first in place.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XI, l. 441), (Pope's translation)

Glory drags all men along, low as well as high, bound captive at the wheels of her glittering car.
  [Lat., Fulgente trahit constrictos Gloria curru
    Non minus ignotos generosis.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 6, 23)

Glory, the casual gift of thoughtless crowds!
  Glory, the bribe of avaricious virtue!
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

O how quickly passes away the glory of the earth.
  [Lat., O quam cito transit gloria mundi.]
      - Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ
         (bk. I, ch. III, 6)

No flowery road leads to glory.
  [Fr., Aucun chemin de fleurs ne conduit a la gloire.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (X, 14)

Holy Father, so passes away the glory of the world.
  [Lat., Pater sancte, sic transit gloria mundi.]
      - Cornelius a Lapide,
        Commentaria, 2nd. Epist. ad Cor.
         (ch. XII, 7),
        the sentence is used in the Service of the Pope's enthronement after the burning of flax

Those great actions whose luster dazzles us are represented by politicians as the effects of deep design; whereas they are commonly the effects of caprice and passion.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Glory is sometimes a low courtesan who on the road entices many who did not think of her. They are astonished to obtain favors without having done anything to deserve them.
      - Prince de Ligne, Karl Joseph

The glory of Him who
  Hung His masonry pendant on naught, when the world He created.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Children of the Lord's Supper
         (l. 177)

Those glories come too late
  That on our ashes wait.
      - Richard Lovelace,
        Inscription on Title-page of Posthumous Poems

This goin' ware glory waits ye haint one agreeable feetur.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (first series, no. II)

Glory is priceless.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

True glory is a flame lighted at the skies.
      - Horace Mann

Glory paid to our ashes comes too late.
  [Lat., Cineri gloria sera est.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (I, 26, 8)

For what is glory but the blaze of fame?
      - John Milton

He that first likened glory to a shadow did better than he was aware of. They are both of them things excellently vain. Glory also, like a shadow, goes sometimes before the body, and sometimes in length infinitely exceeds it.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The shortest way to arrive at glory should be to do that for conscience which we do for glory. And the virtue of Alexander appears to me with much less vigor in his theater than that of Socrates in his mean and obscure. I can easily conceive Socrates in the place of Alexander, but Alexander in that of Socrates I cannot.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Who is it that does not voluntarily exchange his health, his repose, and his very life for reputation and glory? The most useless, frivolous, and false coin that passes current among us.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Gashed with honourable scars,
  Low in Glory's lap they lie;
    Though they fell, they fell like stars,
      Streaming splendour through the sky.
      - James Montgomery

Go where glory waits thee;
  But while fame elates thee,
    Oh! still remember me.
      - Thomas Moore, Go Where Glory Waits Thee

Glory darts her soul-pervading ray on thrones and cottages, regardless still of all the artificial nice distinctions vain human customs make.
      - Hannah More

What is glory? what is fame?
  The echo of a long-lost name;
    A breath, an idle hour's brief talk;
      The shadow of an arrant naught;
        A flower that blossoms for a day,
          Dying next morrow;
            A stream that hurries on its way,
              Singing of sorrow.
      - William Motherwell

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

To a father who loves his children victor has no charms. When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)


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